I should get over this thing I have about Fridays. But, I can’t. I just love them. Even when I have to go to work. And I discover I’ll be working shorthanded. Who cares? Doesn’t even faze me. Because it’s FRIDAY! It seriously kind of rocks when the most challenging part of the day is deciding what kind of wine/cocktail am I going to have, what’s for dinner and what mindless thing shall I watch on television. Not a bad day at all.
The good news is that my friend, Evie, had her twice annual MRI to monitor her brain bleed. No change. The whole ‘oh, I’ve had this brain bleed all my life’ doesn’t seem to overly bother her. She lives life full out. For those of us that love her, it’s a little bit scarier. She’s lost her sense of smell the last few months which the docs are saying might be due to her migraines, not the Nigerians that her phone blamed it on. Her phone, it seems, has the same sense of humor as mine.
I have finished Sisters in Law. The book’s centerpieces are the lives and careers, judicial and otherwise, of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. This is a book that, no matter your politics, will both anger and please you. For those of us that are female and don’t mind people of varying opinions, it is a fascinating look at society and how society is shaped by judicial opinion, or vice versa. I don’t know that I would ever call myself a feminist. I find that too limiting. I believe that all people should be treated well and fairly. That the world needs a lot more kindness. More tolerance, love and understanding. Having said that, I know that the world is shaped by many people that believe that they know best and that this books shows just the tiniest sliver of that.
Enough of all these deep thoughts. Tonight I’m thinking that I need to make something yummy. Some new cookie for M. And some Shrimp Scampi Pasta for me! Yeah, yeah, I’ll feed the people too, just maybe not this.
Supposedly, this recipe serves four. I don’t know who these four are because in my house it serves two, with enough leftover for lunch for one person…..assuming that person isn’t me and starving. It’s super fast and super easy, one of my top five go to meals. So, it’s not overly healthy. Sometimes, you just want fast and yummy. If you want it to serve four, make a nice salad and some lovely veggies. I’m going to make cocktails instead!
Shrimp Scampi Pasta, adapted from Epicurious
- 3/4 of a pound of angel hair pasta
- 1 lb of shrimp, peeled and deveined (my grocery sells the 51-60 count – in other words, small ones, already peeled and deveined. Make your life easy get those!)
- 1-2 Tbs of olive oil
- 1/2 c white wine (one you’d drink!)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp each, red pepper flakes and black pepper
- 4 Tbs unsalted butter
- Chopped flat leafed parsley (probably a tbs or more)
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water. Don’t overcook it, you want it to be cooked but still have a bit of bite or texture. I’m a weirdo about how pasta is cooked, sorry.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook through – 2-5 minutes, depending on your shrimp, the stirring, etc. When cooked through, removed with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add garlic to the leftover oil. If you’re me and got distracted and there isn’t any oil leftover, add a bit more, then add the wine, salt, pepper flakes and pepper, stir for about a minute. Then add the butter and stir until melted. Then I toss in the pasta, shrimp, parsley and stir. Fast, easy and yummy! Of course, you can add more pepper flakes a la M. It’s your dinner, live on the edge.
Have a great weekend everyone!
PS I miss spell check. Does anyone know where it went??????